Including myself, there were 4 members on my team.
The numbers below indicate my level of involvement in key parts of this project.
The General Mills Sales team contacted SharePoint Shop to create a new Sales Portal for their on and off-site Sales forces.
One of the unique challenges presented by this project is the different levels of web-savviness of the users who will be using the system, combined with the complex tools that the sales force needs to be successful.
SharePoint Shop was chosen for this project due to our proven experience in intuitive and engaging UI and UX design.
The solution consisted of multiple facets to ensure project success, including:
- 3 unique but related templates for administrators to choose from
- multiple custom web parts to match design
- search configuration
- training and maintenance documentation
- style guide for style maintenance
The user experience of this newly redesigned portal was quite a leap from the standard SharePoint 2010 sites. We chose a dark design by the department’s request to build something unique.
Backgrounds transition every few seconds to provide some motion on an otherwise static site. All web parts pull data via AJAX where possible to allow for a fast-loading page experience, especially where remote datasources are utilised.
When we contacted Microsoft support to check whether a dark ribbon was possible, they said no, and I proved them wrong. I love a good challenge, and General Mills reaped the reward.